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01-03-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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used FA 50mm 1.7 or new DA 35mm 2.4?

Price for each is about the same (around $200) - want to use for general walking around and indoor shots (family and friends). And the FA 50 1.7 looks in fine working condition.

Which one do you think I should grab?

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50mm is (often) too long for indoors in my opinion; you need space to move around to get the framing right. 35mm is far more useful from that perspective.
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I would lean toward the 35 as it is just wide enough for indoor and closer to a 'standard' field of view.
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But all the reviews I've read seem to indicate that the FA 50 1.7 is a higher quality lens. No?

01-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #5
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Maybe, but its focal is not really adequate as for a general purpose lens. DA*300 is of even higher quality! But it is not a general purpose lens.
50mm on APS-C is acting like a short telephoto lens. Good for portraiture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by freshsnapper Quote
But all the reviews I've read seem to indicate that the FA 50 1.7 is a higher quality lens. No?
Not really. The FA 50/1.7 has an advantage in build quality, if only because the DA 35/2.4 has a plastic mount. It's one stop faster, which is not a fair comparison because it's easier to make a fast 50mm than a fast 35mm. A few years ago, you could get a new FA 35/2 for 50% more than a new FA 50/1.4. That was still a one-stop difference, build quality equal. It's hard to compare lenses with different focal lengths.

The 35mm is way more useful indoors, as everyone has mentioned. I will use a 50mm if I want to sneak shots from across the room, like people who hate to have their photos taken or shy kids.
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The 35 mm will be more useful for indoor shots for family. However the 1 stop difference is a big. I personally shot my all my christmas photos with my pentax m 50mm 1.4 I found that it worked well until I tried to take a big group shot of my family and then I found the bad in the lens. The angle wasn't wider enough so I had to move myself back physically until I got everyone in. It wasn't a pretty sight as i was really far away.
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The OP owning a K-x, this one stop doesn't sound like a a big advantage to me. Just bump ISO higher (and higher).

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It really depends on what you want to do with it. I'm talking focal length only here. I've just sold 90% of my 50ish mm lenses because I just wasn't using them. After living with an 85mm on the front of my camera for a solid month though, I found there wasn't Much I Couldn't do. The main exception to being able to use it everywhere was a kid's birthday party where all the action was at the table where I was seated (in a small kitchen). In that situation, the 50 will not be useful for Group shots and I would even challenge the 35 to achieve it. Most of my shots at that party were taken around 24mm (with a 16-50 DA*). So, again, it really depends on what you want it for. Both will probably serve you well in their intended situations.

After using some lenses that people completely dogged, I would take user reviews with a grain unless the people are willing to back up what they say.

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Save up... Get a lovely sharp Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 zoom and cover all your bases...
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QuoteOriginally posted by freshsnapper Quote
Price for each is about the same (around $200) - want to use for general walking around and indoor shots (family and friends). And the FA 50 1.7 looks in fine working condition.

Which one do you think I should grab?

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Indoors I'd go for 35 for sure if not 28... 50 is way too long. 50 is ok if you want to do indoor portrait, not so much if you're doing a group shot... actually if you have money, i think the 28-70 f/2.8 is quite good for indoor (it's no prime but you'll be much more versital)... not sure if you can get it for 200 but I'm pretty sure 300 will probably get you a used one.
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Save up... Get a lovely sharp Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 zoom and cover all your bases...
lol we got the same idea, just different focal length. but now that I think about it, 17-50 makes more sense indoor
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used M 50mm f/1.7 and new DA35mm f/2.4
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But all the reviews I've read seem to indicate that the FA 50 1.7 is a higher quality lens. No?
All quality in the world will not help you if you can't use it to get the shots that you want

If you have the kit lens, you can figure it out yourself. Set it to 50mm (and leave it there for a week) and check if you can use it for your type of shots. If you can get the shots that you want, 50mm will work for you.
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But all the reviews I've read seem to indicate that the FA 50 1.7 is a higher quality lens. No?
um, 1 is freaking f/1.7, the other is f/2.4... that's 1 whole stop faster... and allows more control of DOF... yes it's better, but on a crop sensor it's too long, you don't want to be across the room when taking a group picture (and in an apartment that won't even work).
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